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“Toast cannot be explained by any rational means”*…

 

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Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” rendered on toast by @ClaireLarsson

 

Twitter is largely an echo chamber of gamers and white supremacists and white supremacist gamers, howling with the ceaselessness of a puppy chasing its tail. It wasn’t always like this. People used to have fun on the internet, according to the old tales.

For a few minutes today, you can return to a state of innocence. This week, a charming hashtag has sprung out of Germany: #KunstGeschichteAlsBrotbelag, which according to my expertise (Google Translate) comes out as “Art History as a sandwich.” The premise is pretty simple: classic works of art reinterpreted as pieces of toast. That’s it! And the people doing it are really very good…

Samples at “Enjoy these classic works of art reinterpreted as toast“; the thread is here.

* Margaret Atwood, Oryx and Crake

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As we take a bite, we might spare a thought for Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov; he died on this date in 1841.  A writer, poet and painter, sometimes called “the poet of the Caucasus,” he was the most important Russian poet after Alexander Pushkin’s death in 1837 and the greatest figure in Russian Romanticism.  His influence on later Russian literature is still felt in modern times, not only through his poetry, but also through his prose, which founded the tradition of the Russian psychological novel (and was, this hugely influential on Dostoevsky, among others).

Mikhail_lermontov source

 

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July 27, 2018 at 1:01 am

Toasted…

Readers will recall Catherine McEver’s “Embroidered Wonder Bread.”  Well, lest one think that this exhausted the artistic possibilities of that all-too-common comestible, there’s the work of photographer Henry Hargreaves.  Hargreaves arranges dozens of differentially-done slices of toast to create portraits of the Beatles, Jim Morrison,  Che, and (as above) Marilyn Monroe.

See them all at Hargreaves’ site (and be sure to check out his other series, including his elegant “Bacon Alphabet”). [TotH to VSL]

As we make a move for the marmalade, we might recall that it was on this date in 1659 that Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked and marooned on the desert island that was his home for the next 28 years.  Defoe’s novel, based in part on the true story of shipwrecked sailor Alexander Selkirk, was titled The Life and Strange Surprizing Adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: Who lived Eight and Twenty Years, all alone in an un-inhabited Island on the Coast of America, near the Mouth of the Great River of Oroonoque; Having been cast on Shore by Shipwreck, wherein all the Men perished but himself. With An Account how he was at last as strangely deliver’d by Pyrates.

Title page of the first edition (source)

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September 30, 2011 at 1:01 am

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